Sacrifice to Kourotrophos, Hekatē, and Artemis

This is from my old blog, The Geekie Hellenist

This is my ritual to Kourotrophos. I hope that you enjoy it and let me know how I’m doing.

1) Purify the Altar area.

2) Take the barley and say, “As it was done in ancient times. I purify and cleanse this altar with this barley. With this barley I purify this altar and space so that I may give offerings, libations, and speak with glory and respect the gods of Mt. Olympus.”

3) Light a candle and say a hymn to Hestia.

Hestia, you who guard the sacred shrine of the Lord Apollon. The far-darter at goodly Pathos. With soft oil dripping ever from your locks. Come now to this house, come having one mind with Zeus the all wise-draw near, and with all bestow favor upon my song.”

4) Prayer to Hestia

Hestia, gracious goddess who sits at the heart of each home, who lives in the heart of each one who reveres you, each one who holds you dear, each one who turns to you for strength and harmony.

Hestia, goddess most needful, goddess most serene, goddess most esteemed, the heart of the city is yours as well, great goddess; within your realm are those who serve the state, who work for all the good of all–your blessings fall on the honest, goddess, your wrath on the corrupt, on those who betray their trust for gain. Defender of the householder, guardian of the hearthfire, Hestia, I praise and honor you.

5) Let Hekate and Artemis know that your there. Say this by saying, “Hekate, Artemis, here me.” This isn’t a command, this is letting her know that your here.

6) Say invocation to Hekate and Artemis

I call to Hekate, who stands at the crossroads, who stands at the city gate, who stands before each family’s home, to watch and to ward off evil.

Bearer of torches, leader of hounds, holder of keys, daughter of the deep earth and the starry sky, you tread upon the path less traveled; you walk, with certainty and without fear, in the dark night, in the wilderness, along roads most treacherous, among those who skirt the edges of order.

Hekate, friend of women, protector of children, you know the perils of all the worlds, goddess, as each world is your realm to wander.

Thus do you bar the door from all ill, thus do you drive away the baneful and the false.

Hekate, compassionate goddess, I call to you.

I call to Artemis, fleet-footed bow-woman, roamer of the woodland, wild-willed mistress of beasts, fierce-hearted protector of young girls.

Artemis, daughter of thundering Zeus and blessed Leto, sister of bright Phoebus, the lovely nymphs attend you.

On Delos and in Ephesos your name was spoken with reverence and devotion; in all the lands your temples stood, ever fragrant with sweet incense.

Creatures of the wood gathered around you; the graceful deer, the bear and the boar, all are yours.

Artemis, friend of the hunter and the fisher, friend of the mother and midwives and all small nurslings, friend of maidens, unfettered and free of spirit, far-shooting goddess, goddess of the strong voice whose words of the heart are heard, I call to you.

7) Do Hymns to Hekate and Artemis

Hekate Einodia, Trioditis [Trivia], lovely dame, of earthly, watery, and celestial frame, sepulchral, in a saffron veil arrayed, pleased with dark ghosts that wander through the shade; Perseis, solitary goddess, hail! The world’s key-bearer, never doomed to fail; in stags rejoicing, huntress, nightly seen, and drawn by bulls, unconquerable queen; Leader, Nymphe, nurse, on mountains wandering, hear the suppliants who with holy rites thy power revere, and to the herdsman with a favouring mind draw near.

Muse, sing of Artemis, sister of the Far-shooter, the virgin who delights in arrows, who was fostered with Apollo. She waters her horses from Meles deep in reeds, and swiftly drives her all-golden chariot through Smyrna to vine-clad Claros where Apollo, god of the silver bow, sits waiting for the far-shooting goddess who delights in arrows.

And so hail to you, Artemis, in my song and to all goddesses as well. Of you first I sing and with you I begin; now that I have begun with you, I will turn to another song.

8) To prayers to Hekate and Artemis

I call to you, kind Hekate, watchful daughter of far-seeing Asteria, torch-bearing goddess, night-wanderer, pale and fair as the moonflower.

Hekate of the three ways, goddess of the crossroads, keen-eyed one, you see clearly what others overlook.

Hekate of the three realms, goddess who holds a stake in all the worlds, all within are yours to stir.

Gentle of touch and firm of hand, Hekate, leader of the ghostly train, the barking of dogs marks your passage, the shining of stars lights your path.

Hekate who is the companion of those who walk the bounds of light and dark, I praise and honor you.

I praise you, Artemis, free-hearted child of Zeus and blessed Leto, courageous goddess who roams the wildwood with silver bow at hand.

Artemis of many names, Artemis of many lands, your temples stood shining and tall, in cities and in villages.

In the long days of summer the maidens dance in your honor; in Brauron were the little she-bears under your care.

Artemis, the mountains are yours to wander, fleet-footed and firm of step; the wilds of the world are dear to you, O guardian of wood and of beast.

Goddess who takes joy in dance and song, companion of the laughing nymphs in all their play, of all young maidens you are the swiftest and the strongest, the fairest and the first, in skill and grace the greatest.

9)Pour Libations to all the gods that you’ve honored. “Say their libation in order. “Hestia you receive first libation, Hekate, you receive second, Artemis you receive third, and Hestia, you who received the first, you receive the last.”

10) Burn incense, saying, “I give this incense as an offering to you, great Deathless gods. I give this to Hestia, Hekate, Artemis.”

11) Offer physical food to them, saying, “Accept this food offering as a sign of my piety.”

12) Pray to the gods.

13) End the ritual by saying, “Hestia, goddess of home and hearth, to you I offer last of all as a pious mortal should. Tend to those whom I love and guard the houses of the pious. As the gods will it, so it shall be.”

It is so!

Dump the entire container that you’ve poured your wine or grape juice into outside and then that ends it.